Fireplace makeover

Fireplace Makeover

After getting the outside of my house painted, I was feeling motivated to work on the inside.  I had been wanting to do a fireplace makeover for awhile and decided this was the time for an easy weekend fireplace makeover.


Before fireplace

This is a before picture of my fireplace.  Lots of wood stain, dark blue tiles, dirty inside.  We’ve never built a fire in this fireplace, nor do we plan to.  The living room is so small, a fire would run us out!  I plan on purchasing some nice candles and decorating the inside.  Since I don’t plan on using the fireplace, I didn’t worry about buying paint to withstand high temperatures.  If you do this project, please keep that in mind if you do any painting around your fireplace.

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Materials needed:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • Zinsser primer ultimate stain blocker
  • Valspar Signature interior paint
  • Rustoleum flat black spray paint
  • Valspar high gloss enamel paint
  • Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin gloss



Step 1: Clean all surfaces

Step 2: Lightly sand all surfaces and make sure it’s completely free of dust and dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 3:  Prime the mantel with one coat of white shellac based Zinsser primer ultimate stain blocker.  One quart was plenty for me.

Step 4: Once that is dry, paint the mantel/wood.  I used Valspar Signature interior paint in ultra white, and again, one quart was plenty.  I would recommend two coats.  I only did one coat and had to go back and do another.

Step 5: If you’re not going to use your fireplace but want the inside to look nice, like me, then you can spray paint the inside.  I used Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint.  A word of warning.  This stuff stinks and will get you high as a kite if you’re not careful.  So, if you’re not into that sort of thing, wear a mask, open all windows, and get your kids outside!  But it’s worth it.  So do it.

Step 6:  Now it’s time to move on to the tile.  Now, don’t be scared.  This was surprisingly easy and fun 🙂 Using the same Zinsser primer, paint one coat of primer all over the tile.

Step 7: Once that is dry, paint the tile with a high gloss enamel paint.  I used Valspar, in Dove white.  Once that was dry, I felt like the tile needed more texture.  So, I mixed a little bit of some light brown paint that I had on hand with the tile paint, got a bit on a paper towel, and dabbed one tile in the corner to see if I liked it before moving on.  Here is a picture:

after fireplace

I really liked the texture, so I got busy doing the rest of the tiles.  It was really fun once I got into it.

Step 8: Once the tile was dry, I sealed it with Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin gloss.  And the weekend project was finally done!


Fireplace After:

completed fireplace

I can’t wait to decorate it!!  To me, that’s the hard part.  I’m no good at decorating.  So, what do you think??  I think it really brightened up the whole room.  I’m so glad I did it.

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